Freezer Cooking – Even better the 2nd day

In yesterday’s post I promised to follow up today and tell you what I made with the 13 pounds of ground turkey that we picked up on our last trip to Costco.

cooked shredded chicken, quesadillas, 1 lb taco meat & 3 lbs sloppy joes ready for the freezer

cooked shredded chicken, quesadillas,
taco meat & sloppy joes ready for the freezer

For this cooking session I chose 5 of our favorite recipes to complete.

  • 3 lbs sloppy joes – my usual recipe is for 2 lbs so I just multiplied everything by 1.5.

    Sloppy Joes
    2 pounds ground turkey
    2-3 T dried minced onion or 1/2 onion diced
    3 cloves garlic, minced
    1 1/2 c ketchup
    1 c beef stock (or water)
    1/4 c apple cider vinegar
    1/4 c brown sugar
    2 T Worcestershire sauce
    1 tsp dry mustard
    2 tsp cumin
    1 tsp Italian seasoning
    1/2 tsp chili powder
    1/2 tsp allspice
    1/2 tsp pepper

    Cook the ground turkey, onions and garlic in a large skillet until meat is browned. Drain fat.
    Add all remaining ingredients to the pan, bring to a slow boil, reduce heat to low. Simmer for 25-30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
    Allow to cool completely. Spoon meal size portions into freezer bags, squeeze out air and seal. Freeze flat.
    To cook:
    Thaw in refrigerator overnight. Reheat in pan on stove.

  • 2 lbs turkey breakfast sausage
    I use this recipe with the addition 1/3 tsp fennel & 1/2 tsp maple syrup or brown sugar.)
    I didn’t make patties this time. I cooked, crumbled & drained it and will use it in breakfasts over the next several weeks. (When I do make patties I freeze them uncooked. I also don’t fry them in butter.)

  • 6 lbs taco meat – no recipe since I’m sure you all know how to make taco meat. I use the taco seasoning I posted here.
  • 4 lbs frozen in 1 lb packages. This will be used for things like tacos, nachos, taco salads, mexican pizza.
  • 2 lbs were used to make freezer burritos.

    Freezer Burritos
    2 lb taco meat
    32 oz salsa
    2 cans refried beans
    2-4 oz diced green chili peppers
    18-20 large tortillas (about 10 inch)
    1-2 cups shredded cheese

    Cook taco meat, then add salsa, beans & undrained chilis. Continue cooking over medium heat until heated through.
    Heat tortillas in pan on stove top or in microwave.
    For each burrito, place 1/3 cup meat mixture on a tortilla & sprinkle with cheese. Fold in sides, then fold up from bottom and roll up.
    Place rolled burritos on a cookie sheet lined with freezer paper. Freeze until solid.
    Remove from freezer and wrap individually and place in a freezer bag labeled with cooking instructions.

    To cook:
    Brush with olive oil and bake at 375 degrees flipping 1/2 way through. For thawed burritos cook 20 minutes. If baking from frozen increase cooking time to 40 minutes.

    18 burritos,  3 lbs taco meat & 2 lbs breakfast sausage

    18 burritos, 3 lbs taco meat, 2 lbs breakfast sausage packaged & ready to go in the freezer

  • 2 lbs for meatloaf muffins
    This is a recipe I got back when I did Weight Watchers. I’m not sure of the source but it’s all over the internet.

    Meatloaf Muffins
    1-6 oz box instant stuffing mix (such as Stove Top)
    2 eggs
    1 cup water
    2 lb ground turkey

    Mix all ingredients.
    Spray muffin tins with cooking spray.
    Fill muffins tins to top.
    Place in freezer until firm.
    Remove from pan and transfer to freezer bag

    To cook:
    To cook immediately, bake at 350°F for 35 minutes.
    To cook from frozen, bake at 350°F for 45-60 minutes or until cooked through.

    So there you have it, my freezer cooking adventures from this weekend. These recipes represent just a handful of the things I regularly make to have on hand in the freezer for quick, easy meals. If you’re interested in more freezer friendly recipes or more cooking days, leave a comment below letting me know.

    ~Ninja Michelle

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